Russia deplores delay in Russian sailors' trial in Nigeria
"We assumed that all the Russian sailors would finally be acquitted after a careful study of the documents of the case by the Nigerian judiciary," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"So far it has been possible to achieve the acquittal of eight of the Russian crew of the Myre Seadiver, who have returned to their country already.
Seven Russian crewmembers remain on the premises of the Russian Embassy's residential compound in Lagos in anticipation of the court decision," the ministry said.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Russian Embassy in Abuja will continue legal and other support for our fellow citizens in firm expectation of a definitive verdict to release them," it said.
The vessel is now being held at a Nigerian naval base.
Moran Security Group said then that the
Voice of Russia, Interfax